KARACHI - Sindh High Court on Monday issued notice to the National Accountability Bureau (NAB), seeking explanation with regard to sentence awarded to former chairman of Pakistan Steel Mills (PSM), Usman Farooqui in the next date to be fixed later. A division bench comprising Chief Justice Sarmad Jalal Usmany and Justice Abdul Hadi Khoso was hearing an appeal moved by the former head of PSM challenging the NABs verdict. He filed two applications challenging the NAB sentence and sought exemption from appearing before the court. He stated that due to the poor health condition, he could not move and was not able to appear before the court. Usman Farooqui was sentenced to five-year imprisonment in a corruption case by an accountability court. The former PSM chairman was found guilty of corruption and accumulation of illegal wealth in the case. An Ehtesab reference was filed against him when an FIA team probing into the alleged corruption of Farooqui recovered saving certificates worth Rs39.5 million. The case was transferred to accountability court after the promulgation of NAB Ordinance 1999. His sentence was annulled after the promulgation of National Reconciliation Ordinance (NRO), while after the Supreme Courts judgment to abolish the said Ordinance; the cases against the NRO beneficiaries were reopened. After hearing preliminary arguments from the applicant, the court issued directive to the higher NAB authorities to submit their comments in the next hearing.